Renton man pleads guilty to theft of campaign yard signs
March 17, 2009
A 43-year-old Renton man accused of stealing 138 campaign yard signs last fall has pleaded guilty to eight counts of removing or defacing political advertising.
Randall Goulet was fined $500 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service during his sentencing hearing March 9 in Mercer Island Municipal Court.
Most of the signs belonged to Marcie Maxwell, then a candidate for 41st District state representative.
The investigation began Sept. 28, when Maxwell reported to Newcastle Police that two people saw someone taking signs on separate occasions. They wrote down the license plate numbers of two cars linked to that person. The vehicles belonged to the same person.
Deputies spoke with the husband of the registered owner of the vehicles and recovered 138 signs. The signs were taken from along Maple Valley Highway, unincorporated areas of Renton, and the cities of Newcastle and Bellevue.
“I’m just happy he’s no longer stealing campaign signs,” Maxwell said.